Tuesday, August 08, 2006


...my blog here.

Fixed! Thank Laurie G for pointing that out :)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Do you know when you've been Nuked?

I do. Every day for the last 20 months! I've never made a secret of this little man's wild tendencies but this weekend he seems to have been particularly BUSY! Not sure if you can read it on the page so here goes:

"You know you've been nuked .....when a certain little man breaks your keyboard, mouse, takes apart your salt and pepper grinders, removes the batteries from every appliance he can get his hands on, including the TV and DVD remote, pulls your mac off the breakfast bar onto the floor, bites your friends child, squirts Lysol into his mouth, gets you up for the day at 4 am, clocks you in the nose when you ask for a kiss, says “3, 4” when you give him the “1,2,3”, runs away from you when you need to change him, bites though the LCD on your $200 razor phone dismantles the lamps! All in 72 hours"

We call him "Luke the Nuke". My Dad, king of humour in our family, came up with it. I would never imagined that would become his nickname. Ironically, his Great Grandmother wanted him to be named Thor which I think in hindsight was probably spot on for him. Just today I learned about Loki, the Norwegian God of Mischief. Aspnes is actually a Norwegian name as Erics Great Grandfather arrived in Minneapolis from Norway. He was an electrical engineer. How apt? Maybe he's going to follow in his Great Great Grandfathers footsteps.

Credits: Journaling block, Definition and Date Stamp by Katie Pertiet over at my new home, Designer Digitals. Lovin' it over there.

So, onto other things... Check out this.

Cool huh? My dear friend Ronalyn did it. I signed up and she did the rest. I tried to get a grips with it first, and failed miserably, so she graciously said she'd set up for me. Now, how cool is she? And how lucky am I to have a friend like her? Not only does she love on my children when I'm busy creating but she's always wanting to help me out. Such a sweet post from her too. She knows I'm not one for all the mushy stuff but LOVED her post. She totally gets me. So as soon as I pluck up the courage to go over there and make a post I'll be moving.... I know, I know...moving again. Anyone who knows me, knows I don't do do anything by halves ;) But seriously, I'm so frustrated with blogger, not being able to upload my photos...

I'll be checking in with you tomorrow...

Monday, July 31, 2006

Thank you!

Everyone, who posted, lending your support in my decision....so cool....so appreciated.

Last week was a tough week for me. Exhausted from CHA and a 7 hour plane ride home, lost luggage, Luke teething, sleepless nights with both children, Eric absent, a HUGE deadline coming up, and then amongst all of that, switching stores... It was a lot to handle, and culminated in a nasty migraine yesterday.

So not much achieved this weekend, other than resting. I guess once in a while we all need to take time out, even if I do maintain sleep is a waste of time. My body has a way of forcing it upon me these days.

So, more important info on the Storefront. I'm now live at DD, as of yesterday. Wowzers! What a great bunch of ladies and such a warm welcome! I have most of my newest sets moved over from SBG. The rest will be moved over this weekend. I will also be closing out of SBE at the end of August and all these sets will be off;ine for a month and then re-uploaded to the DD Store at the end of September. Phew! What a palava it is to move...

Psyched to get a mention on Rhonna's blog. I just love that lady!

I took this photo last week, as a result of an article about lighting, that I read in Outdoor Photographer. Love this mag, and have a subscription, kind of by accident really. I originally subscribed to Photographic which was then taken over by Shutterbug and so I started receiving Outdoor Photographer in it's place. Good Stuff!

Friday, July 28, 2006


...My mum always says change is as good as a rest...but having spent the last 31 years in a military community, change is something I have become very accustomed to. In fact I don't know any different. Change is not any easier for me but it is inevitable and something that you just learn to accept.

While at CHA, I made the decision to join Katie over at Designer Digitals. I want you to know this decision has been made quickly and had I not attended CHA I would not even be contemplating this. Needless to say, it's been a tough for me to walk away from SBG. Not only is this my second move in so many months, but I'm walking away from an awesome team of designers, who perhaps feel, I've not given them a chance. I've always relied heavily on my instincts and so I feel this situation isn't any different and I just have to go with them.

I realize there is a lot at stake here: My reputation and that of SBG, of which both hold equal value in my book, so before rumours thrive I want you to know this has been amicable and professional. This move has everything to do with me and my goals and nothing to do with any fault of SBG. I have only good to tell of the team and this site.

And to my customers...I thank you for your continued support, and I hope you don't mind me moving just one more time. Without you, none of this would be possible. I look forward to seeing you over at DD soon :)

On that note, I leave you with an image I took last night. Can you believe the leaves are already turning? Not even August and we're heading into Fall. "It's all good"!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

More Fotos....


Barb Hogan & TIffany Tillman

Eeek! Can't remember all the names of the girls on this table but include HMers 2005, 2006, Miley Johnson and Kelly Lautenbach. IF you see this and you're on this photo, please remind me of your names :) Oh, and Barb is here again too :)

(Left to right) Lisa Cohen, Nancie Rowe Janitz and Lauren Teather. Thank you Lauren for the Chicago treat :) Will email you as sson as I get through all my mail :)

More fromt he CK Reception:

DCWV Booth - COOOOOL Chairs :)

(Left to Right) Michelle Coleman, Debbie Pearson, Taran Conyers, Traci Sims

Elsie also has some great pics on her blog, if you haven't already been over there :)

The Fotos...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I'm back!

Thank you! Had so much fun at CHA! Glad to be back. It was a bit of a trek (7 hours). Have you also noticed that coming back always takes much longer than going? In fact, it's taken me a few days to get back on my feet. Lost luggage and Luke getting in his molars, compounded with sleep issues, has meant not much sleep for any of us. It's been a busy time back home!

Totally amazed at just how much the children have changed in just 4 days. Luke's speech has come on in leaps and bounds and Ella really blew me away on Monday when she decided that she was going to wear pants. Now that's a first in a LONG time! I was also impressed at her efforts in making her bed until I realized Daddy had taught her to sleep on top of instead of underneath her covers... Seriously though, he did a great job. Maybe I need to take trip a little more often ;)

So the show! Fun times...Busy...Lots of people and cool stuff everywhere. I got to meet a bunch of people, some I had met before, and some I hadn't: I just have to say Barb Hogan is just plain COOL, as is my new friend Debbie Pearson, as well as many others, just too many to mention.

Favorites from the show:

1. Michelle Coleman and Nancie Rowe-Janitzs new line with Fancy Pants Designs

2. Basic Grey, of course ;) I'm totally into their Magnetic Embellishments and their "Lily Kate" line.

3. MME new Bohemia Collection. If you haven't seen it, check out Ali's little Ad. Also over there were Jen Wilson, Lisa Cohen and Traci Sims debuting their new lines. Lots and lots of digi faces :) :)

4. Westrims 5 X 7 digital albums. I've been looking for these for about 4 years! Finally!

5. Fontwerks: Stamps by our own Katie Pertiet. Tia Bennet introduced me to owner Kah-Mei who amazed me when she told me she is a full time social worker.

6. Oh and did I mention my new papers with Carolees Creations? ;)

This time I got to see a different side of the industry and talk to the scrapbooking "celebrities" such as Ali, Elsie Flannigan and my friend Rhonna. It was neat to hear and see how it REALly is. Ali is really laid back and down to earth, Elsie is soooo young, and Rhonna, well she's REAL, and stands way taller than her 4ft 11 frame. Far too much picture taking for my liking though..

The CK reception was a buzz of past and present CK HOF & HMs, CK Staff and contributors. I was quite taken aback when HOFer 2006 Tiffany Tillman, literally ran up to me and told me she loved me - WOWZERS!. Ali Edwards eat your heart out! LOL! Well it's as close to fame as I will ever get. Fun fun times! About 30 of us got together afterwards for pizza and drinks, and pretty much took over the hotel lobby, where I met yet more people. Ok, so I've seen more people in the past week than I've seen in 6 months LOL!

I think it's official...I have more on-line friends than I do in real life.. More photos to follow..

Edited: Blogger is acting up so I'll have to add the photos later. Honestly, I'm not keeping you on tenderhooks...... Blogger is REALly acting up ;)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Thank you for all your sweet comments, and to those who post every day. I wish I had the time to visit you all on a regular basis too, but there are just not enough hours in the day. It's always great to hear what you have to say.

Heading out to sunny Chicago for CHA today! Looking forward to meeting new people and catching up with friends, feasting on endless eyecandy and perhaps even meeting a few "famous" faces. These shows are always a blast, whichever way you look at it, but mostly I'm looking forward to some sleep. Late nights and Luke waking earlier than usual, has left me tired. I think I look tired in these photos (thank you Ronalyn :) We were up at 4am this morning so I thought I'd make the most of a less than desirable situation (I am not a morning person) and have some fun with my new art. Eagerly awaiting my Scrapbook Shortcuts, Quizzes & Questions to arrive in the mail so I can add some meaningful journaling to these pages. There's a page of mine about my childhood and some very 70's photos hidden in there somewhere :)

So while I'm gone, if you want to read more about me, check out this...

I'll be home on Sunday night...